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In the Media

Learning From Europe to Advance Innovative Redevelopment

October 30, 2015

The Detroit Future City (DFC) Implementation Office was one of several Detroit-based partners that participated in a recent German Marshall Fund (GMF) research trip through the Ruhr Valley, Germany, and Amsterdam, Netherlands.  The five-day initiative, from October 18 to 22, examined how former industrial sites and facilities are being adaptively reutilized. Here are a sample of photos […]

5 ideas for creating a shared regional vision for southeast Michigan”

October 29, 2015

On Tuesday, Oct. 27, a group of metro Detroiters gathered in the basement auditorium of the Detroit Institute of Arts to hear a panel of experts discuss something that’s long eluded the communities of southeast Michigan: how to create a shared regional vision that will help us attract and retain talent, jobs, and tax base […]

Turning to “Paradise” for equitable growth in Detroit

October 26, 2015

In the first half of the 20th Century, two areas on the northeast side of Detroit’s central business district teemed with African American residents, retail businesses and entertainment venues. The crowded neighborhoods of Black Bottom and Paradise Valley were two of the very few areas blacks were allowed to live, yet they provided economic opportunity […]

Detroit to take stage at world’s top architecture show

October 26, 2015

In a cultural coup for Detroit, the U.S. State Department has chosen the Motor City to be the entire focus of the American pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale, the world’s premier exhibition of architectural innovation. Beginning next May in Venice, Italy, the U.S. exhibit, one of dozens of national exhibits on display, will be curated by […]

Ideas to repurpose 4 Detroit sites to be shown at 2016 Architecture Biennale in Venice

October 24, 2015

A global spotlight will shine on ideas for repurposing four Detroit sites in an exhibit at the 2016 Architecture Biennale in Venice, Italy, next spring. The exhibition — called “The Architectural Imagination” — will feature the Packard Plant, the Dequindre Cut, the downtown U.S. Post Office building, and a vacant Detroit Public Works Department yard […]

Detroit Future City Issues Field Guide For Residents

October 12, 2015

The Detroit Future City project has issued a field guide for city residents.  Its purpose is to give ideas to Detroiters about how to re-form empty lots or back yards into spaces that can improve the city and the environment. Dan Kinkead is the Acting Executive Director for Detroit Future City.  Erin Kelley is theDFC’s Manager […]

New Detroit Field Guide Released to Help Residents With Vacant Lots

October 5, 2015

After decades of population loss, many of Detroit’s neighborhoods are faced with an overabundance of vacant lots where houses once stood. Even the city’s healthiest, densest areas aren’t immune. Over 23.4 square miles of the city — 16.8 percent of Detroit’s total area — is vacant land, and that excludes parks and rights of way. […]

Detroit is even putting worms to work revitalizing city

October 5, 2015

DETROIT — In its effort to revitalize, Detroit is putting even worms to work. On an east side lot last week, forestry workers with the non-profit Greening of Detroit scattered 85,000 worms onto a newly tilled vacant lot. The worms, if they do their job right, will burrow several feet into the ground, loosening up the soil and thus […]

Online tool to help Detroiters transform vacant lots

October 5, 2015

Detroit has about 23 square miles of vacant land, and as city officials prepare to demolish more blighted homes each month, that number could reach as high as 30 square miles in coming years. Now, there a tool to help Detroiters transform vacant land from neighborhood liabilities to landscaped assets. On Monday, Detroit Future City […]

How 85,000 worms are helping vacant Detroit lots

October 5, 2015

In its effort to revitalize, Detroit is putting even worms to work. On an east side lot last week, forestry workers with the non-profit Greening of Detroit scattered 85,000 worms onto a newly tilled vacant lot. The worms, if they do their job right, will burrow several feet into the ground, loosening up the soil and thus […]

Detroit Strategic Framework

The DFC Strategic Framework, a shared vision for Detroit’s future, is the result of a massive, citywide public-engagement effort. It recommends a series of ideas, strategies and approaches on how to best use the city’s abundance of land, create job growth and economic prosperity, ensure vibrant neighborhoods, build an infrastructure that serves citizens at a reasonable cost, and maintain the high level of community engagement integral to the long-term revitalization of Detroit.
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The Field Guide to Working with Lots

The Field Guide to Working with Lots is a user-friendly tool to connect Detroit residents, businesses, and institutions to resources to learn, collaborate, and better practice land stewardship in Detroit. This step-by-step guide provides readers with instructions on how to transform vacant land in their neighborhoods into 38 landscape designs ranging from installation by beginning gardeners to professional contractors. View the interactive guide now.
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The State of Economic Equity

Detroit Future City’s (DFC) report, “The State of Economic Equity in Detroit,” illustrates the deep disparities that persist in Detroit and provides recommendations that provide a path to an economically equitable Detroit in which all Detroiters are meeting their unique needs, prospering, and fully and fairly participating in all aspects of economic life within a thriving city and region.
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